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N-Zone (Apr 12, 2006)
Ich muss zugeben, ich war vor Worms: Open Warfare nicht unbedingt ein großer Konsolen-Worms-Fan. Allerdings ist die Zugänglichkeit via Touchscreen relativ einfach, sodass auch Einsteiger schnell ins Spiel reinkommen. Den Einzelspieler-Modus finde ich immer noch relativ langweilig, aber der Mehrspieler-Modus mit seinen sich selbst generierenden Spielfeldern ist richtig klasse.
80 (Mar 27, 2006)
Zweifellos, auch Open Warfare ist ein exzellentes Spiel ganz in der Tradition der erfolgreichen Worms-Serie. Dennoch bin ich ein wenig enttäuscht. Im Grunde bietet der Titel absolut nichts Neues. Ein paar frische Szenarien, eine verfeinerte KI und ein Wifi-Multiplayer Modus – das ist alles. Zielen mit dem Analogstick? Minigames? Neue DS-Features? Leider alles Fehlanzeige. Mein Appell an Team 17: entdecke die Möglichkeiten!
MAN!AC (May, 2006)
Taktische Gefechte in zerstörbaren Levels: Die rabiaten Würmer haben kaum Charme eingebüßt.
77 (Apr 14, 2006)
Worms ist einfach knuffig! Gerade im Mehrspielermodus ist die Kutikula-Schlacht ein zynisches, geniales Meisterwerk, das selbst aus Liebespaaren schneller Feinde macht als der abendliche Kampf um Sport oder GZSZ. Für Solisten hingegen ist das Ganze nicht viel mehr als ein netter Zeitvertreib gegen brauchbar, aber nicht sonderlich aufregend agierende KI-Kriecher. Leider gibt’s in der WiFi-Variante einige Lags, außerdem ist der Spaß im Vergleich zur PSP-Version ziemlich abgespeckt: keine Videos, keine animierten Hintergründe, die Bedienung ist dem Touchpad zum Trotz fummeliger, die Grafik grober. Aber auch auf dem DS macht das Raketenschubsen bereits ab zwei Spielern mehr Spaß als ein Unterhemd voller Wiesel!
GameZone (Apr 04, 2006)
Let's start by getting one thing straight. Worms: Open Warfare is a strategy game for two kinds of gamers. The first is the Worms loyalist; the type of player who loved the series on the PC and home consoles and would love to have a handheld version that's comparable. Second, this game is for newcomers and strategy lovers who ate up Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, and any other unique, turn-based strategy title. Every other type of gamer will see this as another Worms rehash. Open Warfare classifies as such, but when good, addictive gameplay crosses my path, I don't hesitate to snatch it up. Rehash or not.
70 (Mar 28, 2006)
Même si elle n'apporte pas grand-chose aux innombrables versions de Worms en 2D déjà parues sur d'autres plates-formes, cet opus n'en reste pas moins très plaisant à jouer, surtout à 4. On regrettera néanmoins que le multi PSP de Worms Open Warfare ne soit pas équivalent à celui de la version DS. Quelle que soit la version choisie, vous en aurez de toute façon pour votre argent, foi de lombric !
The DS as a slight edge in the interface, since it's much easier to explore the map and choose weapons on the touch screen, but no matter which version you choose, you'll shoot, explode, and sheep invertebrate warriors to your heart's content.
For all its faults Worms is an enjoyable way to kill a few minutes or distract you on a train journey. Its biggest problem though is competition – with so many AAA puzzle titles out (or soon to be released) for the DS and with Worms being available for free in one form or another I have to question who would fork out full price for this.
GamePro (US) (Mar 22, 2006)
Worms Armageddon popularized the 2D Worms to addictive multiplayer status, and its deep level of team customization and quirky characters kept it fresh for years. In theory, the DS is the perfect medium for a 2D Worms remake --the stylus/touchscreen combo makes for a nice mouse replacement, and the dual screen means one gets designated solely for gameplay, and the other for item selection and camera movement. All these things considered, Worms: Open Warfare on the DS is a dumbed-down port, still a bit of fun, but a giant leap down for the seasoned Worms fan.
GameSpy (Mar 27, 2006)
Worms: Open Warfare is a great addition to the long-running series of Worms titles. Though its simplified setup and reduced options may not please some of the more battle-hardened soldiers of days past, the game's more streamlined approach is an excellent way to bring the Worms experience to a new generation of gamers. And while the occasional AI problem keeps the game from reaching its full potential, Worms: Open Warfare still manages to never stop entertaining. General William Sherman may have said "War is hell," but in this case, it's a hell of a lot of fun too.
Worth Playing (Apr 08, 2006)
If you haven't played Worms at least once, your credentials as a gamer should be questioned. There is nothing quite like this comedic twist on the genre of games defined by Scorched Earth and most recently replicated in softnyx's Gunbound. Since the definitive iteration of the series, Worms: World Party, the Worms franchise has delved into 3D, with varying levels of success , and also had a puzzle game, Worms Blast, built off the license. Worms: Open Warfare is the first 2D strategy game since the surprisingly good GBA port of World Party. Unfortunately, Open Warfare has some major stumbling blocks, but it still captures the Worms spirit and makes it work solidly on the DS.
Game Chronicles (Apr 08, 2006)
Worms: Open Warfare is a nice return to the series 2D roots (where it started and belongs). Unfortunately this game is better suited for the PSP with its widescreen more so than the DS, where it feels crunched. If you have both portables then get the PSP version, and if you don’t, then I’d sadly say skip it. I am a huge Worms fan and I even bought myself a copy for my old and unused NGage a while back. With that being said, you can understand my disappointment and reservations about this game. You just can’t get into a game that relies so heavily on being able to see the enemy on the screen at the same time as yourself. The DS version of Worms: Open Warfare fails to capture the feel of the worm’s series and that is its greatest downfall.
IGN (Mar 27, 2006)
Team 17's Worms property is a classic almost on the level of DMA Design's Lemmings. It shares a lot of similarities, like quirky European humor and cute little icons that die just as adorably as they look. Most importantly, the biggest similarity to these properties is the fact that, no matter how often they've tried, the teams have never quite hit the same level moving the franchise forward in 3D. Which is why it's more than just a little disappointing to see the game return to its roots on the Nintendo DS in such a shoddy and hacked together rendition. The core gameplay's still here so it's not all that bad, but this portable game didn't receive the love it deserves, on a platform that could have really exploited the Worms greatness.
GameSpot (Apr 05, 2006)
Team17 has been trying to bring Worms, its rambunctious strategy series, into the realm of 3D for a few years now. Some efforts have been more successful than others, but none have fully replicated the chaotic glee of the 2D original. It's a relief, then, that Worms: Open Warfare for the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS opts for the classic gameplay that made the series a success in the first place. The game is a great fit on the PSP, and the widescreen perspective complements the large, horizontally oriented level designs nicely. By contrast, the DS version is awkward and ugly and generally fails to capture the feel of Worms.
Gamekult (Apr 07, 2006)
Pour son passage sur portables, Worms opère un retour aux sources que les amateurs salueront sans doute avec sa fameuse représentation 2D et son gameplay toujours aussi bien huilé. Malheureusement, en dehors du jeu en multi, Open Warfare, sa réalisation basique, son rythme longuet et son contenu ultra réduit peinent à séduire. Nos amis les vers n'auraient sans doute pas rechigné à une adaptation un peu plus travaillée afin de prolonger le plaisir au-delà des parties à plusieurs.
50 (UK) (May 04, 2006)
The Nintendo DS and Worms Open Warfare (let's call it WOW - that'll confuse Google) have a similar problem. The DS offers Worms the chance to be 2D again, using the stylus in place of the mouse in lots of ways that make sense, and using the d-pad and A/B/X/Y buttons instead of the PC keyboard's directional pad, space bar and so on, and so people reckon the two were made for each other.
neXGam (2006)
Worms: Open Warfare wirkt wie ein Schnellschuss der Entwickler, um mal zu sehen wie das Spiel so auf den aktuellen Handhelds rüberkommt. Auf dem DS ist dieses Experiment ziemlich in die Hose gegangen, die Handhabung fühlt sich einfach nicht gut an und technische Probleme wie die mangelnde Übersicht lassen die PSP-Fassung des Spiels weit vorbeiziehen. Solltet ihr über beide Handhelds verfügen würde ich euch somit ganz klar zur PSP-Fassung des Spiels raten, auf dem DS werden nur absolute 'Wormsaholics' glücklich.
TTGamer (Jun 05, 2006)
Worms DS is a port of a decade old PC game which really does not impress. There are many titles on the DS better than this, and also a lot more original. Team 17 really have to work on their game if they are to continue to be successful, because while Worms was once an excellent game, it is becoming very old very fast, especially with ten year old ports such as this.
3DAvenue (Jun 05, 2006)
Worms DS is a port of a decade old PC game which really does not impress. There are many titles on the DS better than this, and also a lot more original. Team 17 really have to work on their game if they are to continue to be successful, because while Worms was once an excellent game, it is becoming very old very fast, especially with ten year old ports such as this.
G4 TV: X-Play (May 11, 2006)
Fortunately, Open Warfare supports downloadable play to beam content to fellow DS owners, and provides a relatively flexible multiplayer game in the event a few friends have their own copies of the game. Playing humans, the interminable AI becomes moot, but you’re left with the dodgy control, which often turns battle into a comedy of errors rather than a war of attrition.

The good news is that there’s a much better version of Worms available for the PSP. It’s easily better than this flaccid effort, which should be avoided by all but the most dedicated multiplayer Worms addict.